A suspect is in custody and a 23-year-old Davenport woman is hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after a shots-fired incident at 11:43 a.m. Wednesday on the 3200 block of Heatherton Drive, Davenport.
Officers responded to a call about a shooting victim at the Gas Depot, 3100 W. Central Park Ave. The woman, whose name was not released, was transported to a Genesis hospital, police said in a news release. She sustained a gunshot wound, which required surgery, to her right arm.
Neighbors were helpful in the apprehension of the suspect, said Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski. "Officers were able to put pieces of information together rapidly," he said. Officers saw a suspect running through a cornfield near the apartment complex area where the shooting occurred and apprehended him, Sikorski said.
Derris Lamont Swift Jr., 23, of St. Joseph, Missouri, formerly of Davenport, faces felony charges of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury, as well as a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Scott County Court, and is being held without bond in Scott County Jail.
When police searched Swift, they found a plastic baggie of 2.55 grams of a substance that tested positive for marijuana in his front right pants pocket.
According to affidavits, Swift fired numerous 9 MM rounds into the vehicle the victim was driving. The vehicle had numerous gunshot entry points along its passenger side.
Police found casings at the scene.
Barb Wilmot, of 3222 Heatherton Drive, saw a white truck driving by while her daughter was getting something out of Wilmot’s truck. Someone in a white truck “just started shooting towards her and this other couple that was walking down the street,” Wilmot said.
‘It’s kinda scary to live here,” said Wilmot, who has lived in her apartment for nearly one year. “I have grandkids, little grandkids, that I have here all the time. I don’t even know if I want to live here anymore now.’
In regard to her daughter, she said “I never seen such fear in her face until today. I don’t’ even know if I want her and my grandkids over here anymore now.”
Wilmot’s neighbor, Jeff Grimm, 3226 Heatherton Drive, said he was on the phone within two seconds “after I heard nine shots pop off. I knew they were shots because they were so separate— they weren’t consistent like firecrackers or something like that.”
“All I heard was gunshots, arguing and something popped against my wall,” he told police. “I heard arguing. I heard a lot of arguing. It was some severe arguing.”
The yelling, he said, came from “right over there,” and he pointed down the street toward the intersection of Wooddale and Heatherton, where officers gathered evidence and spoke with other neighbors.
Davenport police have dealt with Swift before, mostly on traffic charges.
In January of 2013, Swift was cited for failing to have insurance on a vehicle he was driving. He pleaded guilty to the charge.
In August of 2013, he was arrested for driving on a suspended license. He also pleaded guilty to that charge.
On April 13, 2015, he was arrested for disorderly conduct-violent behavior.
According to the arrest affidavit filed in that case by Davenport Police Sgt. Christopher Mahieu, Swift was a passenger in a silver Chevrolet HHR that was pursuing another vehicle starting in the 300 block of North Division Street. When the other vehicle came to a stop at stop signs and stop lights, Swift exited the Chevrolet HHR and approached the other vehicle banging on the window and attempting to open the door. The Defendant yelled at the Victim to "open the door.”
Swift pleaded guilty and was fined $60 plus court costs.
Anyone with information about the shooting incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app "CityConnect Davenport, IA" or "CrimeReports by Motorola."